Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lucky Hoppenings

I must say I have gotten some of the nicest emails and comments over the last few weeks. It makes me feel so good to hear that people are finding my blog useful! I truly enjoy making new things for my room and it keeps my mind off of the miscarriage I had in October and the stress and heartache of fertility difficulties. I believe it is very important to practice what I preach on a daily share. I love to share, and I love people that share! Many of you have expressed your appreciation....and it has meant a lot to me. I think sometimes, people just forget that others like to hear two simple words....thank you! So, thank you for reading!

I know we are a few weeks away from St. Patrick's Day, but I can't resist...I LOVE it! With a name like Shannon, how could I not love it? I've got to be honest...I create utter chaos the couple days before St. Patrick's Day. We have a leprechaun that enjoys playing tricks on us! Room 17 is filled with excitement, and I love all the giggles and speculation.

Here is a link to my March Wake-Up Work pack...



    Jack and the Leprechaun - Patrick's Day Books for KidsJamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato - Patrick's Day Books for KidsHooray for St. Patrick's Day! - Patrick's Day Books for Kids

Literacy Activities

The Earth Words vs Alien Words Rainbow Sort helps students blend actual words and nonsense words. It's not teaching to the test, it's practicing a skill to help them be successful readers!
Earth Words vs Alien Words Rainbow Sort

St. Patricks Day Building Words Mats

St. Patricks Day Sight Words

Math Activities
St. Patricks Day Number Go Fish

St. Patrick's Day Adding and Code

For the Fill Your Pot Game...use a paper fastener and a paperclip. I bought little gold stones for the students to use to fill their pot. I tweaked an idea that came from....well I can't remember. I thought it was from Krazy for Kindergarten or Mrs. Kimbrell's Kindergarten but it didn't. Anyway, it was a game that students could build a chimney...I tweaked it by adding a spinner and changed up the template design. If the original came from you...let me know :-)
Fill your pot of gold Spinner Game

St. Patrick's Day Patterns

Counting by Fives Shamrocks

Graphing Lucky Charms

For St. Patrick's Day, we make these in.cred.ible rainbows! They are a HUGE undertaking and lots of work, but they turn out beautiful. To make...put shaving cream on a flat surface in the shape of a rainbow. Students use Liquid Watercolor from
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It isn't necessary to use this specific paint, you can use tempera paint that has be watered down or food coloring. However, the Liquid Watercolors line of paints is awesome! It is great for general painting, coloring playdough,  refillable Bingo Dabbers or sprayers...lots of stuff! Back to the technique...Students drip paint on their shaving cream, then gently swirl the paint using the end of a tongue depressor. Then take white construction paper and gently press it to the shaving cream. Use the edge of a tongue depressor to scrape off the shaving cream....this is what it leaves behind....


  1. You are AMAZING!! Thank you so much for sharing. Thank You! Thank you! Thank You! Thank You!

  2. Oh my gosh! You rock! Thanks for sharing all this :)

  3. Wow. Lots of Gold! Thanks. I just love the night before... books!


  4. Wow - thank you for sharing all of your hard work!!!

  5. These are excellent can't wait to get to school and print them. THank you so much.

  6. Thank you very much for sharing all your hard work and awesome ideas.

  7. Thanks so much for all the sharing! My daughter's name is Erin. She should love this holiday, too!

  8. Hi, will you be posting anymore poems for the poetry journals. I am looking forward to them. Thanks

  9. You have so many inspiring ideas. I've taught 17 yrs. and get in a deep teaching rut sometimes and it takes something GREAT to pick me up. You've done it!!! Thanx.

  10. WOW! These are GREAT ideas!
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  11. You are awesome!!! Thank you so much for all your hard work! Having experienced a loss myself last month, the last thing I want to do is create new things. Thanks for sharing your wonderful work!!!

  12. Love, love, love!! I don't think I have ever hit the download button so many times!!

  13. Thanks for sharing all of these great ideas and printables! I love the rainbow!

    Stephanie :)


  14. This is the best K blog ever and thank you so much for sharing all of your gems! It means so much that you are willing to share your activities with others for FREE! I know how much time it takes to create these printables and my kiddos truly learn so much from them! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Keep up the great work :)

  15. WOW! These are SO awesome! thanks for sharing your GREAT stuff!!! They will be put to good use! I teach a small group on cvc nonsense words and am completely thrilled with your Earth/alien words game sort! This must be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!! :o)

  16. Thank you so much for sharing all of these wonderful ideas. As a first year teacher, this is so helpful as I'm still building my "tool belt" of resources!

  17. Thank you SOOOOOO much for sharing your ideas with us! As a 2nd year teacher, I can use all the help I can get with creating fun activities for my kindergartners that I can re-use each year! I'm so sorry to hear about your loss earlier this year... I've not been through that, but I am single and living far from my family, so I find that I tend to work a lot more than the average person to keep my mind off the loneliness! Thank you so much again for your great ideas! I can't wait for St. Patty's to use them! You are wonderful!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing these! You are wonderful and I have gotten such great ideas from your blog!

  19. Thank you so much for sharing. You have such great ideas.

  20. Shannon,
    You are a girl after my own heart! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous ideas. I too love to share with my first grade team. Now if I could find the energy to start a blog like you.

    I am so sorry for the loss you had in October. I just experienced my first miscarriage last week after 9 months of fertility issues. I completely relate to what you said about using your classroom to keep your mind busy. I was just thinking the same thing today ;-) Just wanted to say thanks for sharing and you aren't alone. I hope your St. Patrick's Day was great!

  21. Love your blog! So many wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing! AFter reading your post, I want to tell you that I am so sorry to hear of your fertility problems. It is heartwrenching. I went through major infertility issues/treatments starting about 14 years ago and now I have two sons, 11 and 9. When you're in the middle of it, it's so painful. I remember my kindergartners bringing me such joy while I was going through it. I hope you find comfort in their little faces and I hope that everything will resolve for you. Thanks again for sharing.

  22. @ Annette and Tiffany...thank you so much for sharing with me. I know I am not alone, but I'm sure you know that sometimes it just exactly how you feel.

    Tiffany, I am so sorry for your loss. We had been trying to conceive for over 2 years and then lost the baby, so I know how heartbreaking it is.

    Thanks for all your support and kind words.

  23. Can't wait for St. Patty's Day, thanks to you!! I love all of these activities!

  24. Thank you so much for all your amazing ideas and your willingness to share! I know my students will LOVE these cute St. Pat's day things. You are truly amazing! Thanks again! :)